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Editorial – December 2013: Category be thy name.

December 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2013: Category be thy name.

Category be thy name. Hello everyone It’s a singular human tradition to put things into categories. No doubt this helps find things in our own memories than having to recall everything in detail like…well, like I do here from time to time. Even we geeks aren’t immune to this. One only has to look at […]

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12 Years A Slave (film review by Frank Ochieng).

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
12 Years A Slave (film review by Frank Ochieng).

On those rare, bold and special occasions cinema has a definitive way of capturing the historical hideousness of human despair and demoralization. To examine the underlining evilness and atrocities of humanity and package it in a two hour-plus pathos-ridden presentation of stark and revealing entertainment is indeed an artistic achievement to say the least. The […]

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The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality And Our Biological Nature by L. Sun (book review).

November 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality And Our Biological Nature by L. Sun (book review).

It isn’t just Man who is predisposed towards the value of fairness. A lot of animals and especially other primates prefer this innately as well. Professor Lixing Sun’s book ‘The Fairness Instinct’ with its sub-title ‘The Robin Hood Mentality And Our Biological Nature’ points the way as to why we feel this way and want […]

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Unconscious Branding by Douglas Van Praet (book review).

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Unconscious Branding by Douglas Van Praet (book review).

Reading Douglas Van Praet’s book ‘Unconscious Branding’, it didn’t take long to dawn on me that I’m mostly immune to most advertising, conscious or otherwise. As a long standing (all right, I do sit down as well) type one diabetic, I have to view most processed foods and anything containing sugar with suspicion. I might […]

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Writers Rehab by D.B. Gilles (book review).

November 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Writers Rehab by D.B. Gilles (book review).

I don’t often come across very tiny paperbacks, but ‘Writers Rehab’ by D.B. Gilles is certainly one of them. The size chosen is no doubt so you can keep it in your pocket for when you suffer a particular aliment called ‘writer’s block’ or just doubt about your writing ability so you can get treatment […]

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Supernatural And Philosophy edited by Galen A. Foresman (book review).

November 15, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Supernatural And Philosophy edited by Galen A. Foresman (book review).

One thing I was never sure about is whether the Winchester brothers would philosophise about their activities as hunters, eliminating the dangerous creatures that inhabit their world. Well, all right, Sam would and has influenced Dean in that not all of these creatures want to be dangerous, just want a quiet drink of cow’s blood […]

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Talk The Talk: A Dialogue Workshop For Scriptwriters by Penny Penniston (book review).

November 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Talk The Talk: A Dialogue Workshop For Scriptwriters by Penny Penniston (book review).

Although Penny Penniston’s book, ‘Talk The Talk: A Dialogue Workshop For Scriptwriters’, is primarily designed for writers of stage and screen, the twenty lessons here can also be of benefit to prose writers as well. With a lot of them being also designed for groups of people, I can see writers groups benefiting by playing […]

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Editorial – Nov 2013: Space ISN’T the final frontier – by GF Willmetts (editorial).

November 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Nov 2013: Space ISN’T the final frontier – by GF Willmetts (editorial).

Space ISN’T the final frontier.   Hello everyone Read the opening line very carefully. It is the antithesis of the famous ‘Star Trek’ saying that is ingrained in our heads. So how can space not be the final frontier? I mean, it is out there after all. We see space in terms of the air […]

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Reject Letter: a lesson in etiquette by: GF Willmetts.

November 2, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Reject Letter: a lesson in etiquette by: GF Willmetts.

Dear Sir I wish to thank you for accepting my story for publication. However, as I have rejected the quality of my own story, I feel it is no longer worthy of seeing print. Please accept your cheque back and I will endeavour to do better in future and be worthy of your magazine. I […]

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Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin (book review).

November 1, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin (book review).

‘Narrow, suspicious, mean, self-reliant, pig-headed, but generally honourable and as good as their word.’ This quote from ‘The Unprivileged’ by Jeremy Seabrook, describes the working class people of Northampton. They might also, according to his biographer, be used to describe Alan Moore. The writer Alan Moore has a background I recognise. Born 18th November 1953, […]

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